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 S S Krishnamoorthy and Revenue Minister S P Velumani barely a week after their portfolios were changed.
N R 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 K A 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 night.
The new inductees would be sworn in on Friday, it said.