In the fifth cabinet reshuffle in seven months since returning to power, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday sacked two ministers and inducted an equal number.
The axe fell on school education minister SS Krishnamoorthy and revenue minister SP Velumani barely a week after their portfolios were changed.
NR Sivapathy and N Subramanian have made it to the cabinet.
Sivapathy makes a comeback months after he was removed and now gets School Education and Youth Welfare departments.
Subramanian has been allocated Information Technology, divested from KA Sengottaiyan who has now been put incharge of Revenue portfolio.
Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah has accepted the "advice" of Jayalalithaa to drop the two ministers, a Raj Bhavan communique said on Thursday.
The new inductees would be sworn in on Friday, it said.