Thiruvananthapuram:  Defending champions Kozhikode bagged the gold cup this time too on a photo finish with 919 points.  Palakkad followed close behind in the second spot with 912 points and Kannur was placed in the third place with 908 points.

This is for the 10th time that Kozhikode is bagging the trophy.

Though 232 events were completed and the results announced the final verdict was delayed with last minuste appeals. 40 more appeals were filed.

The committee considered 40 higher appeals and 5 appeals were filed in the last minute. The appeals were filed in the drama category, 2 in Vanchipattu category and one appeal in patriotic song category. 

Even last year the last minute appeals filed were the deciding factor.  Kozhikode and Palakkad shared the trophy with 916 points and were the overall champions.