Shortest Route CodeChef Solution | SHROUTE

Hello coders, today we are going to solve Shortest Route CodeChef Solution in C++, Java and Python.


There are N cities in Chefland numbered from 1 to N and every city has a railway station. Some cities have a train and each city has at most one train originating from it. The trains are represented by an array A, where Ai=0 means the i-th city doesn’t have any train originating from it, Ai=1 means the train originating from the i-th city is moving right (to a higher numbered city), and Ai=2 means the train originating from the i-th city is moving left (to a lower numbered city).

Each train keeps on going forever in its direction and takes 1 minute to travel from the current station to the next one. There is a special station at city 1 which lets travellers instantaneously teleport to any other station that currently has a train. Teleportation and getting on a train once in the city both take 0 minutes and all trains start at time 0.

There are M travellers at city 1, and the i-th traveller has destination city Bi. They ask Chef to guide them to teleport to a particular station from which they can catch a train to go to their destination in the least time possible. In case it’s not possible for a person to reach his destination, print −1.

Note: The input and output of this problem are large, so prefer using fast input/output methods.

Input Format

  • The first line contains an integer T, the number of test cases. Then the test cases follow.
  • Each test case contains three lines of input.
  • The first line contains two integers N, M.
  • The second line contains N integers A1,A2,…,AN.
  • The third line contains M integers B1,B2,…,BM.

Output Format

For each test case, output M space-separated integers C1,C2,…,CM, where Ci is the minimum time required by the i-th traveller to reach his destination and if the i-th traveller can’t reach his destination, Ci=−1.


  • 1≤N,M≤105
  • 0≤Ai≤2
  • 1≤Bi≤N
  • The sum of N over all test cases is at most 106.
  • The sum of M over all test cases is at most 106.


Subtask #1 (100 points): original constraints

Sample Input

5 1
1 0 0 0 0
5 1
1 0 0 0 2
5 2
2 0 0 0 1
3 1

Sample Output

-1 0


Test Case 1: The only person takes the train from station 1 and hence takes |5−1|=4 minutes to reach his destination.

Test Case 2: The only person takes the train from station 5 and hence takes |5−4|=1 minute to reach his destination.

Test Case 3: Since no train passes station 3, it’s impossible for the first person to reach his destination and since the second person is already at station 1, it takes him 0 minutes to reach his destination.

Solution – Shortest Route CodeChef Solution


#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;
#define int long long
#define MOD 1000000007

void solve(){
    int i;
    int n,m; cin>>n>>m;
    int a[n];
    int b[m];
    for (i=0;i<n;i++) {
        int max=1e9;
           for(i=0;i<n;i++)  {
               if(i==0) mp[i]=0;
               else if (a[i]!=0) mp[i]=0;
               else mp[i]=max; 
          int right=-1;
           for(i=0;i<n;i++) {
               if(a[i]==1) right=i;
               if(right!=-1) {
           int left =-1;
             for(i=n-1;i>=0;i--) {
                if(a[i]==2) left=i;
                  if(left!=-1) {
                      mp[i] =min(mp[i],left-i);
                   int j=b[i]-1;
                   cout<<mp[j]<<" ";
                  cout<< -1<<" ";

int32_t main(){
    ios_base::sync_with_stdio(false); cin.tie(NULL); cout.tie(NULL);

    int t;
    // t = 1;
    int _=1;
        // cout<<"Case #"<<_++<<": ";
    return 0;


Disclaimer: The above Problem (Shortest Route) is generated by CodeChef but the Solution is Provided by CodingBroz. This tutorial is only for Educational and Learning Purpose.

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