Any suggestion on 'time limit exceeded' error

My program gives correct output on PC. On submission of code I get ‘Time limit exceeded’ error. What might be reasons for this error how can I remove it?

following is my code for problem Prime Pattern (link:Prime Pattern)

public class Main {
public static void main(String[] args) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub

	java.util.Scanner sc=new java.util.Scanner(System.in);
	int testcase=sc.nextInt();
	
	while((testcase--)!=0)
	{			
		System.out.println(findNeigh(sc.nextInt(),sc.nextInt()));
	}
	sc.close();

}

private static int findNeigh(int xdest, int ydest) {
	// TODO Auto-generated method stub
	int[] distances={5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5};
	int counter=0;
	for(int i=-1;i<2 ;i++)
	{
		for(int j=-1;j<2;j++)
		{				
			{			
				if(checkprime(findNumber(xdest+i, ydest+j)))
				{																
					distances[counter]=Math.abs(xdest-(xdest+i)) + Math.abs(ydest-(ydest+j));
					if(distances[counter]==0)
					{
						return 0;
					}
				}
				counter++;
			}
		}
	}
	return getMinValue(distances);
}

public static int getMinValue(int[] array){  
	int minValue = array[0];  
	for(int i=1;i<array.length;i++){  
		if(array[i] < minValue){  
			minValue = array[i];  
		}  
	}  
	return minValue;  
}  

private static boolean checkprime(int findNumber) {
	// TODO Auto-generated method stub
	if(findNumber<2) return false;
	for(int i=2; i<=findNumber/2; i++){
		if(findNumber % i == 0){
			return false;
		}
	}
	return true;		
}

private static int findNumber(int xdest, int ydest) {
	// TODO Auto-generated method stub
	int x=0,y=0,number=0,iter=1;
	char sign='+', axis='x';

	while(true)
	{
		switch(axis)
		{
		case 'x':
			switch(sign)
			{
			case '+':
				for(int i=0;i<iter;i++)
				{						
					if(checkCondition(xdest,ydest,x,y))
					{
						return number;
					}
					number++;
					x++;
				}
				break;
			case '-':								
				for(int i=0;i<iter;i++)
				{						
					if(checkCondition(xdest,ydest,x,y))
					{
						return number;
					}
					number++;
					x--;						
				}
				break;
			}
			axis='y';
			break;
		case 'y':
			switch(sign)
			{
			case '+':
				for(int i=0;i<iter;i++)
				{

					if(checkCondition(xdest,ydest,x,y))
					{
						return number;
					}
					number++;
					y++;
				}
				sign='-';
				break;
			case '-':

				for(int i=0;i<iter;i++)
				{

					if(checkCondition(xdest,ydest,x,y))
					{
						return number;
					}
					number++;
					y--;
				}
				sign='+';
				break;
			}
			axis='x';
			iter++;
			break;
		}
	}		
}

private static boolean checkCondition(int xdest, int ydest, int x, int y) {
	// TODO Auto-generated method stub
	if(x==xdest && y==ydest)
	{
		return true;
	}		
	return false;
}

}

haven’t done this problem but i noticed you’re using scanner/system output. for some problems in java you will get TLE unless u process the i/o faster, so you should get in the habit of using BufferedReader and BufferedWriter. example:

import java.io.*;

class Main{

public static void main(String[] args)throws IOException{

	BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
	BufferedWriter out = new BufferedWriter(new OutputStreamWriter(System.out)); 
	
	int tests = Integer.parseInt(reader.readLine());
	while(tests-->0){
		//code here
	}
	
	out.close(); //always close the BufferedWriter at the end of the program; it automatically will flush all the output
}//end main

}

To get used to using it, you can look at javadocs/Java submissions for different problems as many people use Buffered IO and i do for every problem

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