Nearly 2 million students will take university and college entrance exams from July 4-16, a drop of 116,115 applicants compared to last year, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.

Around 1.5 million of that number is applying for university admission and the rest for college.

Among them, the number of students taking the maths, chemistry and physics exam is high, with 55.2 percent of the total number of applicants.

In addition, 19.4 percent will take the maths, chemistry and biology exam; 15.5 percent, the maths, literature and English exam; and 6.4 percent, the literature, history and geography exam.

The remaining students will take tests for other categories, according to the ministry's report.

Only 4.7 percent apply for social sciences; 6 percent for pedagogy; and 2.5 percent for the agriculture-forestry-fishery sector.

The ministry has allowed enrollment quotas for universities and colleges nationwide to rise 6.5 percent over the 2010-11 school year. The enrolment quota for ministry-owned universities and colleges is 150,000.

Unlike the previous university and college entrance exams, students with disabilities and foreign students will not take this university and college entrance exam.

The ministry this year will fine universities and colleges that admit candidates who did not register to take the exams or who had scores lower than the requirements set by the ministry./.