New Delhi, April 2 -- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold nationwide Class 12 board exams in 12 main subjects, and will promote all students of classes 1 to 8 to the next grade in schools affiliated to it, in a move necessitated by the coronavirus crisis, the board said on Wednesday.

For classes 9 to 11, the board has advised schools that have not already completed their examination schedule to promote students on the basis of project work, periodic tests, terms exams and so one.

The 12 Class 12 subjects for which nationwide exams would be held are business studies, geography, Hindi (elective), Hindi (core), home science, sociology, computer science (old), computer science (new), information practice (old), informati...